Episode 17: Battle for Credibility During Voir Dire with TLC President John Sloan

“The change in the method started with my going to the Trial Lawyers College. I was a student there in the summer of 1998, and in 1998 I had already been trying cases for 18 years and had probably 100 jury trials to a verdict and I had some success. I remember Gerry getting up in that 30-day period and talking about how we needed to be ourselves, that it all begins with you and pointing to one of my female classmates, a lady that had a small voice, saying, ‘You, you can beat me in the courtroom, all you have to do is just be real and be yourself’. And it was really eye-opening for me, the idea that my classmate who we all loved and enjoyed being around, could go to court and beat the great Gerry Spence, was preposterous at first when I heard it, and later, as we went through the 30 day-period, certainly believed in the power of self and the method could work for each one of us. All we had to do was be real and to be ourselves.” – John Sloan, 1998 Grad & TLC President

In this podcast John Sloan, Trial Lawyer and President of the Trial Lawyers College Board, talks about some of the most difficult challenges that lawyers face during voir dire, and how to handle those challenges in a way that builds credibility with the jury and ultimately builds a tribe that supports your client.

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Interviewing John Sloan

John Sloan was born in Kilgore, Texas in June of 1954, and was raised in Henderson, Texas. He received his undergraduate degree from Baylor University in 1977 and in 1980 he received a Juris Doctor degree from Baylor University School of Law. John was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in May, 1980, and his trial experience began early on in his career as he was lead counsel in a murder trial that began two weeks after getting his bar results. John has been selected as a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly Magazine every year since 2003. John Sloan has tried over 100 cases to a jury verdict and has a national trial practice, having successfully handled cases in many states across America. After serving for several years on its faculty, John joined the TLC Board of Directors in 2009 and is currently serving as President. One of John’s other passions is volunteer service. He is on the Board of Directors of the Longview Habitat for Humanity, an organization with the philosophy that everyone should be entitled to safe, decent housing; and for Justice for Children, a non-profit that advocates for at-risk children in situations where there is a threat of abuse and/or neglect.